How to Blow the Shell off a Hard Boiled Egg

While anyone can peel a hard boiled egg, it's a neat trick to whip the shell of in a few seconds. Try it!

Steps

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    Remove a little bit of shell from each end of the egg. It helps to gently hit the ends against a hard surface to create small cracks. Do this to an area about the size of a dime on the smaller end (18 mm diameter) and about the size of a nickel on the larger end (21 mm diameter).
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    Roll the egg between your hands or on a hard surface to loosen the shell from the egg. This should produce small cracks throughout the shell.
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    Hold the egg in your right hand. Keep the smaller end toward you.
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    Form a circle with the thumb and index finger of your right hand that is about the same size as the opening on the smaller end of the egg. Be sure your thumb is over your index finger. Place the thumb/index finger circle over the opening on the small end.
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    Place your left hand under and around your right hand, cupping the egg. Be sure that your fingers fit together and make a seal. This seal is key in directing all the air into the shell and not letting it escape around it.
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    Bring your hands and the egg to your mouth, forming a seal between your lips and the circle formed with your right hand.
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    Take a deep breath and blow hard. It takes more air pressure than you think to push the egg from its shell. If necessary, repeat until the egg is out.
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    Rinse your hard-boiled treasure to remove any small pieces of shell left behind.

Tips

  • Boil the eggs in salty water to loosen the bond between the egg and the shell.
  • Don't hold the egg too tightly. It needs room to escape the shell.
  • Really fresh eggs do not respond well, if at all, to this style of peeling. The shells do not pull from the egg when cooked because they are so fresh.
  • If the egg doesn't come out on the first try, try again. Some are stubborn, but with coaxing, will finally yield.
  • Soft-boiled eggs can be blown also, but with limited success. See How to Peel a Soft Boiled Egg.

Warnings

  • Especially during flu season, you probably want to save this technique for eggs you're planning to eat yourself, not serve to others.
  • Don't let the egg fly out of your hands. All your efforts will be for naught if the egg takes flight and lands on the floor.
  • Don't do it near carpets, curtains or any hard-to clean objects.

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